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Showdown Imminent Over Nurse´s Quarantine in Maine

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Associated Press, by Robert F. Bukaty Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 30 16 2014 09:16:21 GMT FORT KENT, Maine'' State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state´s quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge´s permission. State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of the 21'day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Hickox contends there´s no need for quarantine because she´s showing no symptoms, and she made her point by stepping outside her home briefly Wednesday night to talk to reporters, even shaking one reporter´s

Violence mars San Francisco celebrations

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CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 30 01 2014 09:01:15 GMT At least two people were shot in San Francisco´s Mission District as the city burst into spontaneous celebrations, with fans flooding the streets following the Giants´ World Series victory over the Kansas City Royals, reports CBS SF Bay Area. A gunshot victim walked into San Francisco General Hospital during the celebrations, saying he´d been hit, reports CBS SF Bay Area. He is expected to survive, police said. Earlier, someone was shot in the arm. That victim´s wound also wasn´t thought to be life'threatening, police spokesman Gordon Shyy told the station. The shooter was at large, Shyy said. The revelry was

The Big Role of Black Churches in Two Senate Races

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New York Times, by Nate Cohn Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 30 55 2014 07:55:56 GMT Early voting on Sundays has been one of the biggest fronts in the voting wars of recent years. Some of this past Sunday’s early voting numbers make the reason quite clear. Data from two states that permit Sunday early voting, Georgia and North Carolina, show that 53 percent of the 25,000 early votes cast on Sunday were from black voters, compared with 27 percent of early voters across the two states since voting began for this year’s midterm elections. “Souls to the Polls” drives are a big part of the explanation. Black churches often promote voting after services, sometimes even

The IRS scandal: A refresher

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Power Line, by Scott Johnson Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 30 50 2014 07:50:13 GMT The House Oversight Committee has released the video below providing a short refresher in the IRS targeting scandal. One of the Obama administration’s greatest successes is the stonewalling, covering up and bald'faced prevaricating with which it has kept the lid on the scandal. The video isn’t really comprehensible unless you’ve been following the story, so it is of limited usefulness. But it is good enough to have set me back a bit in my anger management therapy.

Economy remains key for candidates, voters despite foreign crises

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Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 30 37 2014 07:37:13 GMT WASHINGTON – On any given Election Day for the past two decades, the old Bill Clinton campaign mantra of, "It´s the economy, stupid," would have held up as THE defining issue. Jobs, housing, taxes '' pick one, all or more, and it was sure to hit home with voters. But with Ebola, terror threats and scandals dominating the news '' and Wall Street continuing its record climb '' it might be somewhat surprising that as House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates head into the final weekend of campaigning before next Tuesday´s elections, pocketbook issues still resonate most with voters.The latest Fox

Voter Fraud Deniers Resurface Just in Time for the Midterm Elections

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Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 30 32 2014 07:32:35 GMT The left insists that those who do not buy into its agenda regarding global warming are “deniers” – ignoramuses who refuse to acknowledge facts thanks to a political agenda. But when it comes to voter fraud, it is the left that lives in the realm of fantasy. Rachel Maddow, the heavyweight over at the pseudointellectual sewage tank of MSNBC – complete with nerd glasses for everyone but Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz! – says that voter fraud doesn’t exist. “The scourge of voter fraud,” Maddow writes at MSNBC.com, “is largely imaginary.” Her source for this extraordinary claim: a study by

Record fall in families where no one has a job

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Daily Express [UK], by Sarah O´Grady Posted By: Attercliffe- Thu, 30 04 2014 07:04:44 GMT There has been a record fall in the number of jobless families, official figures revealed yesterday. Households with no working adults dropped by 1.4 percent between April and June to 15.9 percent''the sharpest fall since records began in 1996. Families where all the adults work is now 55.3 percent, up by 1.5 percent, found analysis by the Office of National Statistics. And the data also revealed that 1.5 million children living in workless households is down by 132,000 from a year earlier. That is the lowest number for a generation, according to the Department of Work and Pensions.

´Selfless´ Ebola Nurse Kaci is actually utterly selfish. Three weeks in quarantine won’t kill her – and it might just save someone´s life

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Daily Mail [UK], by Piers Morgan Posted By: Attercliffe- Thu, 30 56 2014 06:56:54 GMT t´s not hard to take sides in the Battle of Ebola Quarantine. In the blue corner, weighing in at over 300 pounds, is big, nasty bullyboy Governor from New Jersey, Chris Chriiiisssstttiieeee. In the red corner, weighing in at less than 150 pounds, is kind, caring, gentle, heroine nurse Kaci Hickox. At this point the fight would be stopped, right? Christie is not a man who engenders much empathy these days. Since Bridge'gate, when his vile staffers closed America´s busiest bridge to damage a political opponent, he´s seen his Presidential aspirations burn up faster than an Ebola fever.

´You can hug me, you can shake my hand ' I won´t give you Ebola´: Nurse defiantly steps outside Maine home despite 21'day quarantine and police guard

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Daily Mail [UK], by Martin Gould, Louise Boyle Posted By: Attercliffe- Thu, 30 32 2014 06:32:15 GMT Already pushing the boundaries of her state'imposed quarantine, Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox defiantly left the Maine home she was ordered to stay inside for three weeks on Wednesday night in order to speak with the press about her ´frustrating´ situation. Standing out front of her boyfriends house in Fort Kent about 7pm, as the police tasked with watching her looked on from across the street, Hickox told the waiting media contingent that she will continue to fight her quarantine orders, even if she is charged for breaking them. ´We have been in negotiations all day with the state of Maine and tried

City of Houston Retreats: Withdraws Subpoenas for Pastors´ Sermon Notes, Private Messages

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Breitbart Big Government, by Awr Hawkins Posted By: mitzi- Thu, 30 24 2014 05:24:34 GMT On October 29 the city of Houston withdrew its subpoenas for pastors´ notes and communications. On October 15 Breitbart News reported that the City of Houston subpoenaed the sermon notes and private communications of five city pastors to see what''if anything''they might have said to congregants about the city´s "Bathroom Bill" or Mayor Annise Parker (D), presumably in search of material expressing religious views critical of homosexuality. (snip) Said Cruz: Today is an answer to prayer. Last month the City of Houston issued a subpoena demanding that five pastors hand over their sermons and correspondence. Together, thousands rose up and

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7

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Associated Press, by Ben Walker Posted By: Dreadnought- Thu, 30 41 2014 04:41:26 GMT KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series. After center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon´s drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval

Steyer’s election millions can’t heat up voters on climate change

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Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson Posted By: Dreadnought- Thu, 30 31 2014 04:31:53 GMT San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer has spent a staggering $76 million to promote climate change as a political issue in this year’s elections, but the subject isn’t exactly firing up the electorate. Polls show voters continue to rank climate change at the bottom of their priority lists. Even in races featuring the “Steyer Seven,” the Democratic candidates selected by Mr. Steyer as the chief beneficiaries of his largesse, the issue is barely registering on the campaign trail. Take the Senate race in New Hampshire. NextGen Climate Action, Mr. Steyer’s political action committee, has invested heavily in television advertising and the

Exclusive: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident

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Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough Posted By: Dreadnought- Thu, 30 28 2014 04:28:59 GMT The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four'man crew on the B'1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of a strategic bomber for close air

Election could tip historic number of legislatures into Republican hands

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Washington Post, by Reid Wilson Posted By: Dreadnought- Thu, 30 25 2014 04:25:44 GMT Republicans have the opportunity to take control of a record number of state legislative chambers across the country this year, as Democrats play defense in unfavorable terrain. The Republican landslide in 2010 and the subsequent redistricting process in 2012 gave the GOP control of a nearly unprecedented number of legislative chambers. Today, the party controls 59 of the 98 partisan chambers in 49 states, while Democrats control only 39 chambers (One legislature, Nebraska’s is officially nonpartisan). Once election results are tabulated in the 6,049 legislative races on the ballot in 46 states this year, Republicans could find themselves running even

Officials: Terror leaders in Syria survived U.S. airstrikes

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CNN, by Erin Burnett Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 30 21 2014 04:21:00 GMT The U.S. intelligence community now believes two key terrorist operatives targeted by the United States in the opening night of attacks in Syria are still alive and could be actively plotting, multiple officials tell CNN. The operatives are key members of Khorasan Group, the al Qaeda affiliate entrenched in Syria that the United States has declared poses a great risk to American national security. One official with direct knowledge of the latest U.S. assessment said the working assumption now is that both Muhsin al-Fadhli, the leader of the group, and David Drugeon, a French jihadist and key member, who is believed to be a skilled

Takoma Park liberals at the core of the White House

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Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin Posted By: Dreadnought- Thu, 30 18 2014 04:18:59 GMT White House domestic policy director Cecilia Muñoz jokes that she isn’t tempted to check her BlackBerry on her morning drive down 16th Street for this simple reason: She worries about taking out the president’s chief of staff or his labor secretary as they bike in from the same little corner of Maryland. “I passed Denis one morning riding into work and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t want to be the person who wipes out Denis McDonough or Tom Perez,” Muñoz said. “I think about this every day, actually.” Call them the Takoma Park posse; small in number, huge

For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60'year alliance shows signs of crumbling

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Washington Post, by Liz Sly Posted By: Dreadnought- Thu, 30 16 2014 04:16:46 GMT ANKARA, Turkey — The increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60'year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all. Turkey’s refusal to allow the United States to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane and the harsh tone of the anti'American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce U.S. policy have served to illuminate the

NATO says Russian jets, bombers circle Europe in unusual incidents

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Washington Post, by Michael Birnbaum Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 30 10 2014 04:10:17 GMT Moscow - NATO said Wednesday that it had intercepted a large number of Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the past two days, in an “unusual” series of incidents that brought Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal. The aircraft — at least 19 in all — offered reminders of Russian air power at a time of the worst relations between the West and Russia since the Cold War. Russian military aircraft have significantly increased their activity in Europe since the conflict in Ukraine began earlier this year, (Snip) But a NATO official said the scale of the latest incidents was the most provocative this year.

‘House of Cards’ actress Elizabeth Norment dies

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Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 30 01 2014 04:01:07 GMT New York - Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey’s hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix series “House of Cards,” has died. She was 61 years old. Netflix confirmed the death on Wednesday but offered no details. Beau Willimon, the show’s co-creator, called Norment a “talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all.” Norment appeared as a guest in many other TV shows, including “Doogie Howser, MD,” ”ER,” Party of Five” and “Law & Order.” She also appeared in the movie comedies “The Woman in Red” and “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

Colorado´s election ´day´ nearly half over; signs of anxiety on left

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Washington Examiner, by Byron York Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 30 54 2014 03:54:10 GMT The state of Colorado has embarked on a far-reaching experiment this campaign season: Its 2014 election, featuring a high-profile contest between incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner, is being conducted exclusively with mail-in ballots. Every voter in the state has received a ballot; if a person wants to vote on Election Day, he or she will have to take that ballot to what is called a voter service center, present it to officials and then vote. It´s expected most will opt to mail their ballots. And each day, as the ballots arrive, the Colorado secretary of state's office announces